BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Student Productions aims to stimulate thought and conversation with its 2017-18 theatre season. The season opens with a theatrical exploration of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds in August, using the original radio script by Howard Koch, originally produced and performed by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre. The second production will be Spring Awakening, music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, taking stage October 20-28, 2017. Spring Awakening will be the second musical performed by Ivy Tech Student Productions. Anon(ymous), by Naomi Iizuka, will close the season with performances April 6-14, 2018.
“I am so proud of what we do at Ivy Tech, and what Ivy Tech Student Productions have become,” said Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. “We use the shows to ask a question, and stimulate thought and conversation. We do it theatrically, and in exciting, fun ways. We do it because art is a safe place to dig into frightening thoughts, face the assumptions that we’ve made about life, and see if we need to re-evaluate where and who we are.”
The War of the Worlds will be directed by Jonathan Golembiecki and staged at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay on August 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the first full show, the cast will perform a free reading at The Bishop Bar on Sunday, August 13 at 8 p.m. On Sunday, October 29, WFHB will broadcast the performances from the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay. Ivy Tech Student Productions will also stage performances at the Shawnee Theatre in Greene County September 9-10.
Ivy Tech students and alumni are involved as designers and actors in The War of the Worlds. Actors also include Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech Waldron, and John Whikehart, Chancellor Emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington.
Ivy Tech Student Productions take place at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at bctboxoffice.com. Information about Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center performances, classes, and exhibits can be found at ivytech.edu/waldron.